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York Theatre Company Presents NY Premiere Benefit Concert of "Blue Rose" on October 18th
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 01:43 pm EDT 09/10/21

NEW YORK PREMIERE-A BENEFIT CONCERT!

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
PRESENTS
THE NEW MUSICAL
BLUE ROSES
BASED ON THE GLASS MENAGERIE BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
BOOK ADAPTATION AND LYRICS BY MIMI TURQUE
MUSIC BY NANCY FORD
MUSIC DIRECTION BY NANCY FORD
DIRECTED BY AUSTIN PENDLETON

FEATURING
ANITA GILLETTE, PIPER GOODEVE, JEFF KREADY, AND HOWARD McGILLIN

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021 AT 7:00PM
AT THE YORK'S NEW TEMPORARY HOME,
THE THEATRE AT ST. JEAN'S, 76TH & LEXINGTON

YORK MEMBER EARLY ACCESS TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
TICKETS FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE SEPTEMBER 15

New York, NY - The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the rediscovery of musical gems from the past, will present a benefit New York premiere concert performance of the new musical Blue Roses, with book and lyrics by Mimi Turque and music by Nancy Ford, based on The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Rescheduled from April 2020 due to the pandemic, this ONE-NIGHT-ONLY benefit concert is set for Monday evening, October 18, 2021 at 7:00PM at The Theatre at St. Jean's (150 East 76th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenue).

Tennessee Williams' legendary play The Glass Menagerie, marking over 75 years since its Broadway debut, takes on new musical life in the form of Blue Roses. The classic story of a frustrated writer and the memories of his overbearing mother, his troubled sister, and the gentleman caller who will shatter their world is transformed into a haunting new musical from the team of composer Nancy Ford and lyricist and librettist Mimi Turque.

Directed by Austin Pendleton (Fiddler on the Roof) and with music direction by Nancy Ford (I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road), the cast of four will feature Anita Gillette (Moonstruck) as Amanda Wingfield, Piper Goodeve (Anne of Green Gables) as Laura Wingfield, Jeff Kready (Tootsie) as Jim O'Connor, and Howard McGillin (The Phantom of the Opera) as Tom Wingfield.

The one-night-only special event will begin at 7:00PM. Dessert and light refreshments will be served following the performance. Tickets are priced at $100 for Premium Seating/Post-Show Reception, and $85 for Mid-Premium Seating/Post-Show Reception. There is a Special Show-Only ticket priced at $60. York Member Early Access tickets are now on sale. Tickets for the General Public go on sale September 15.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting Ovation tickets at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1072785, or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820, Monday - Friday 12:00PM - 5:00PM, or via email at boxoffice@yorktheatre.org.

COVID NOTE: For the safety of all, COVID policies established by the CDC and WHO will be strictly enforced. Proof of vaccination status will be required upon entry. Masks must be worn at all times. COVID policies can be found on the York Theatre Company website.

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org.

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The York Theatre Company offers the *York! Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $75.00-with special benefits that include up to 35% off tickets to York Theatre productions, exclusive Member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, discounts at local restaurants and parking garages--in addition to special Member-only receptions. The York also offers a _York Plus!_ Membership Program* with additional perks, including complimentary tickets to Mainstage productions and invites to several VIP-only presentations throughout the season. York Memberships can be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org/membership.

The York Theatre Company is the only theatre in New York City-and one of very few in the world-dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For over four decades, York's intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, The York has focused on new musicals in its Mainstage Series-most of them world, American, or New York premieres-by some of the field's most esteemed creators and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Well over 40 cast recordings from York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, including its acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir (Tony Award Nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Company, and revivals of Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd (four Tony Nominations including Best Revival) have all showcased the importance of The York and its programs. Recent New York premieres have included Marry Harry, A Taste of Things to Come, and Rothschild & Sons. The critically acclaimed musical Yank! received its Off-Broadway debut at The York in 2010, and subsequently to rave reviews in London-as did York's Rothschild & Sons. The hit musical Cagney received its York premiere in 2015, transferring to the Westside Theatre for over 15 months. In 2017, Desperate Measures received a total of 15 award nominations (and three wins) that included "Best Musical" from the Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Off-Broadway Alliance and subsequently transferred across town to New World Stages. The York is the recipient of a special Drama Desk Award for "Developing and Producing New Musicals" and, more recently, a special Outer Critics Circle Award for "50 Years of Producing New and Classic Musicals." The York is currently producing at The Theatre at St. Jean's due to a flood in their home of 30 years at Saint Peter's Church in January 2021.

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